VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

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    VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    VFACTS: August 2019 new car sales detailed

    Mike Costello
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    4 September 2019

    Seventeen successive months in decline and no end in sight means more gloom for Australian car brands and their dealers



    Australians purchased on average 358 fewer new cars every selling day throughout the August just gone, compared to the same month in 2018.

    VFACTS data compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and released today showed August 2019 was the 17th successive month where sales fell relative to the corresponding month in the previous year.

    Financial lending reforms making it harder to get a car loan, stemming from Banking Royal Commission, as well as the ongoing drought and a lack of consumer confidence, are all being blamed as factors. You can also throw into the mix more accurate sales reporting from several OEMs.

    The tally showed 85,633 new cars, SUVs, light- and heavy-commercials were counted as sold during the month, down 10.1 per cent. That makes it the worst August result since 2010, when 82,122 units were counted sold.


    Meanwhile the annual tally after eight months sits at 723,823 units, down eight per cent on 2018s YTD figure. Every State and Territory with the sole exception of Tasmania has seen its sales go backwards all year.

    Even SUV sales fell in August (by 5.4 per cent), however their decline was tempered. SUVs accounted for 45.6 per cent of all vehicles sold, ahead of 30.1 per cent for passenger cars and 20.5 per cent for light commercials (utes and vans). The small remainder were heavy trucks and buses.

    The top selling vehicle for the month was again the Toyota HiLux (3674), followed by the Ford Ranger (3181), Toyota Corolla (2863), Hyundai i30 (2813) and the Toyota RAV4 (2006).

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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    In other news, people on a VF owners group in Facebook are all talking praises of the Acadia. I found that quite surprising because the Commodore is a better car. Still, to each their own. I guess they view it as less of a personal slight.
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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    In other news, people on a VF owners group in Facebook are all talking praises of the Acadia. I found that quite surprising because the Commodore is a better car. Still, to each their own. I guess they view it as less of a personal slight.

    The Acadia is big, powerful, comfortable, handles well, cheap to run, good at towing and durable. Its more of a Commodore than the new Commodore.

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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    Quote Originally Posted by Downandout View Post
    The Acadia is big, powerful, comfortable, handles well, cheap to run, good at towing and durable. Its more of a Commodore than the new Commodore.
    Yes, somewhat, yes, not bad, not really, middle of the road and too early to tell.

    The new Commodore is much closer to my Commodore/s than the Acadia.
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    We're looking at a Calais V Tourer for our next car. Anyone know anything I need to be concerned about? DM if you don't want to shout about it.
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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    We haven't had anything major on the ZB.

    There was a batch of very early builds that had transmission failures with the 9 speed unit (was happening with Equinox as well).

    If you're after one I wouldn't hang around. They imported a heap at the start and they never sold, so they pumped them all through company fleet and sold them with low mileage as used cars. There's not too many left in captivity and I can imagine it would be one of the first models to be dropped for MY20 and beyond.

    You can pick up a low mileage one for well under $40k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timandhayley View Post
    We haven't had anything major on the ZB.

    There was a batch of very early builds that had transmission failures with the 9 speed unit (was happening with Equinox as well).

    If you're after one I wouldn't hang around. They imported a heap at the start and they never sold, so they pumped them all through company fleet and sold them with low mileage as used cars. There's not too many left in captivity and I can imagine it would be one of the first models to be dropped for MY20 and beyond.

    You can pick up a low mileage one for well under $40k.
    Thanks. We've been looking at low k demos. A lot of car for sub 40k!
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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    Yes, a lot of car.

    When you compare it to the Acadia LTZ-V, which is basically it's SUV twin, it has pretty much the same features. RRP new they're quite close in price, however in the real world you'll pick up the Calais-V Tourer for $20k less.

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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    EcoSport - 29 loses money on every sale
    Endura - 189 luck to break even, even at that ridiculous sales price
    Escape - 213 loses money on every sale
    Everest - 423 decent profit
    Falcon - 0
    Fiesta - 0
    Focus - 333 loses money
    Mondeo - 38 loses money
    Mustang - 229 makes money
    Ranger 4x2 - 297 makes a little money
    Ranger 4x4 - 2884 makes **** loads of money
    Territory - 0
    Transit Bus - 0
    Transit Custom - 207 makes a fair profit
    Transit Heavy - 74

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    –Holden–.......................Ford
    Acadia - 223..................Endura..............189
    Astra - 378....................Focus................333
    Colorado 4x2 - 146.........Ranger 4x2........297
    Colorado 4x4 - 1218.......Ranger 4x4.....2,884
    Commodore - 509..........Mondeo/Mustang..38 / 229
    Equinox - 306...............Escape...............213
    Trailblazer - 294............Everest..............423
    Trax - 495....................Ecosport..............29
    ..................................Transit Custom....207
    ...................................Transit Heavy......74

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    So without the Thai FTA Ford Aus would be dead in the water... Holden not far behind.
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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    Mustang - 229 makes money
    With the exchange rate as it is now , around 0.67 it probably is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinamonty View Post
    Mustang - 229 makes money
    With the exchange rate as it is now , around 0.67 it probably is.
    Even at 70 cents it still was because very few ordered a basic GT,
    most had auto trans, and performance pack too.

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    Re: VFacts August 2019: = More (less) of the same

    Quote Originally Posted by mikmak View Post
    So without the Thai FTA Ford Aus would be dead in the water... Holden not far behind.
    I've been saying this for awhile

    Public opinion somehow puts Ford way in front but honestly they are a stroke of a pen away from losing a ton of sales


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